New day, and a new band on Wednesday was dedicated to the amazing Flogging Molly that once again paid Malmo a visit. The band was here a few years ago and totally ran over every other act that performed at the stage. Then as well as now the band is performing at the biggest stage at the Grand Square at 9.30 – 11 pm. Flogging Molly was in fact the only band I was glad to see this year. 2013 was a crappy year to visit the Malmo festival if you were into any slighter form of harder music. They had really forgotten about us headbangers and hard rockers!
Flogging Molly comes from America and is a celtic punk band. Their debut album came 2000 called SWAGGER and their latest release came 2011 titled SPEED OF DARKNESS. I met up with the band earlier during the day and everyone was really nice. I asked if it wasn’t time to release a new studio album soon but they said it was first time for a live album.
The stage was located at the side of the square and two large videoscreens hung beside each side of the stage. Across the stage on the other side was a restaurant located where you could buy beer, wine and so on while you were looking at the bands performing. The dawn started to set at 9 and while I waited for the band to begin more and more people came. Finally turned the clock 9.30 and it was time for the band to kick off their show.
The audience went crazy as soon as the members showed up on stage and the show kicked off instantly with the amazing song “The Likes Of You Again”. That song was followed by “Swagger” and the party was on. Singer King thanked the fans for the support and said it was nice to be back in Malmoe again. He said it was fun to see so many in the audience and that it now was time for a little “Revolution”. Flogging Molly is:
Dave King – lead vocals, guitar
Dennis Casey – guitar
Matthew Hensley – accordion
Nathan Maxwell – bass
Bridget Regan – violin, tin whistle
Robert “Bob” Schmidt – mandolin, banjo
George Schwindt – drums
The next song said King is about me, it’s “Selfish Man” and it looked like King as well as the rest of the band had a really good time on stage. King joked around and laughed with the rest of the band. He even danced around. King wanted us to say hi to Regan which kicked off the next song “Whistles the Wind”. Flogging Molly has an excellent way of mixing celtic punk and folk music and it was hard for people to stand still when they heard the music. I saw many that danced around to the music amongst the people in the crowd. The entire crowd when crazy when King announced the song “Drunken Lullabies” and jumped screaming through the song. The loyal fan base also crowd surfed to the great horrors of the security. There was no doubt that Flogging Molly was really longed for amongst the Swedish fans. “The Kilburn High Road” and “Speed Of Darkness” followed after which King took out a glass and said cheers to the fans. “Requiem For A Dying Song” continued and it was only to surrender for the legends in Flogging Molly!
The great mood from the stage was contagious and made everyone in the audience smile as well. King said that he had to take a sip of beer before it was time for the next song and he complimented the fans the dance. “Float” followed and then was it time for a song that was about the Irish people who was transported to Barbados as slaves and the song was “Tobacco Island”. King did a spontaneous river dance in the middle of the song and the fans all clapped their hands. King dedicated the next song to a little girl who sat on the shoulders of her father in the audience, it was “Rebels Of the Sacred Heart”.
King said that the band had a lot of idols like Johnny and Roseanne Cash and people who say that they haven’t got idols are lying. He said that the band also are fans of Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury and Queen. King dedicated the next song to Joe Strummer and The Clash and said that the fans should sing a long with the band if they knew the lyrics in the song “If I Ever Leave This World Alive”. King was so impressed by the fans singing that he let they do the singing instead. “What’s Left Of The Flag” caused even more commotion amongst the crazy fans and the show had reached its boiling point when King announced the last song “Seven Deadly Sins”. By then danced almost everyone at the square and if they didn’t dance they shouted, sang or clapped their hands. King wanted everyone to reach their hands up in the air and sing a long with the band in the final tune. But the show wasn’t over yet.
The band came back on stage again to do encores. King wanted everyone to say hello to Bob again while he kicked off the first encore which was “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”. It felt like this song was a huge crowd pleaser and King sang the first verse together with the fans. King said that they ended the show as they once began, with the first song they ever recorded and played together as a band – “Salty Dog” that ended the show. King thanked the amazing fans once again and said that Malmoe is a beautiful city to be playing in. The band went to the edge of the stage when the song was over in order to thank the fans once again and when the last note was over had the band been performing for about exactly 90 minutes just like scheduled.
Well, what can I say but wow!! Flogging Molly once again proved why they are such an amazing live act. They’re absolutely one of the best live bands I’ve seen regardless of their genre. The band was ridiculously solid together and there were no doubt that they thought it was fun to perform and that was contagious on the crowd. As I expected, Flogging Molly was the highlight of the festival.
The Likes Of You Again
Whistles In The Wind
The Kilburn High
Saints And Sinners
Requiem For A Dying Song
Rebels Of The Sacred Heart
Devil’s Dance Floor
If I Ever Leave This World Alive
What’s Left Of The Flag
Seven Deadly Sins
The Worst Day Since Yesterday
The Flogging Molly show also ended my visit to the festival which was a festival that not was going to be remembered as one of the best ones. A few years back, they had an entire day with only harder acts performing but that has been taken away – why?!? As for now, they have excluded a lot of people that like harder music and when you look at the line up for harder bands this year I can’t but remember back in the days when Entombed, Hardcore Superstar, The Haunted, Hammerfall, Backyard Babies, The Hellacopters and Naglfar used to perform. I, and many with me, think that the “heavy metal day” should be brought back to life again because as it is now it’s hardly worth paying the festival a visit. Shouldn’t the festival be a festival for everyone? The festival offers treats for fans of blues, swing, folk music and for the youth. Why not offer the headbangers something?
Thanks to Fredrik Hansson at Malmo festivalen for help with photo pass to the festival.
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